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Police hoping for cooperation in deadly Hamilton bar shooting

Hamilton police said one man is dead and several others were shot inside Doubles bar Sunday morning.One man shot and killedMultiple others shot, taken to area hospitalsWitness heard at least 15 shots firedUPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.Police this evening are continuing to search for a suspect or suspects involved in the ...

Chris Lawson, executive director of the Hamilton Mill, and Antony Seppi, Hamilton Mill operations director stand near the Great Miami River. The river, and other water and electric resources, such as the city’s water and electric utilities, are reasons the city is expected to be a draw for start-up water-tech firms. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Hamilton leaders seek fountain of water innovation

When the next big inventions improve the way water is used, purified, distributed or disposed of, the Hamilton Mill business incubator in Hamilton’s former municipal building hopes to be leading that wave of innovation.Hamilton, home to what has been proclaimed the “World’s Best Tasting Tap Water,” and municipal owner of ...

Tina Osso, executive director of Shared Harvest food bank in Fairfield. Staff photo by Greg Lynch

Butler, Warren counties receive federal emergency grants

Butler and Warren counties are receiving over $200,000 combined in federal funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFS) to help hungry and homeless people.The EFS program is a federal initiative administered by Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order “to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to ...

Phill Adams has worked at Jungle Jim’s International Market for the past 30 years, starting out as a dishwasher and trash man, working his way up through several different departments, to becoming the current director of development. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Jungle Jim’s right-hand man marks 30 years

Phill Adams doesn’t run the show at Jungle Jim’s, but he’s intimately involved with everything there.The Butler County resident, who celebrated 30 years with Jungle Jim’s International Market last month, serves as its director of development.During his years with the grocery business, he’s worked to help grow it from 40 ...

Sheri Wood, Audra Westbeld, Jill Doudican, and Megan Mosley form a discussion group during at a “Bridges out of Poverty” workshop at the Hamilton Elks Country Club. The organization will be one of the vendors at the fourth annual Butler County Family and Children First Council’s social service expo coming up August 5 at Fairfield High School. Staff photo by Greg Lynch

Fourth annual social services resources expo coming to Fairfield

The Butler County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) is hosting its fourth annual social services expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Fairfield High School.According to the event’s organizers, the need for more services by area residents will make this year’s expo the largest ever.FCFC ...

Fairfield Schools to redraw attendance lines

Fairfield’s school board made historically sweeping changes to its school attendance zones in a unanimous vote after no public objections Thursday evening.The new zones — brought on largely by three new schools being built in the Butler County school district — will impact almost all of the district’s 9,000 students, ...

Friends and family have started a “Thumbs Up For Makayla” campaign as a show of support for 6-year-old Makayla Borg, who was diagnosed three days after the end of this past school year with inoperable brain cancer. The hope is now to reduce the size of the tumor through chemotherapy, her parents said.

Fairfield community rallies around 6-year-old girl with cancer

Anamarie Borg thought her 6-year-old daughter, Makayla, had a simple migraine headache when she took her last month to Cincinnati Children’s in Liberty Twp.It wasn’t a simple migraine. It was cancer. And it was inoperable because of where it was on the base of her brain. That was on June ...

Heroin, opiate spike prompts Fairfield to reach out to addicts

There is no sure-fire way to combat the opiate overdose epidemic the country is facing, but the Fairfield Fire Department is attempting to put treatment help into the hands of addicts through the U.S. Postal Service. Since January, the department has mailed out 20 packets of information, which includes a ...

Organizers patiently await crowds at Fairfield Farmers Market

The Village Green Farmers Market had an outstanding opening day in April – vendors sold out and lots of people were walking around enjoying the spring day.But since that opening weekend, the crowds haven’t been as large, and though there are theories as to why, market manager Tiffany Acuff is ...

Security at Hamilton, Butler County courts under review

In the first six months of 2016, nearly 7,000 prisoners were transported from the Butler County Jail to courtrooms and back without incident. During that same time period, 136,000 people have passed through the county’s government services center, juvenile and three area court security points. That’s a lot of people ...

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Death of 4-month-old ruled a homicide after Benadryl found in baby's system

The death of a 4-month-old baby has been ruled a homicide after toxicology tests determined the child had high levels of Benadryl in his system, according to multiple reports. Adam Seagull, of Shelton, Connecticut, died on March 22 at an unlicensed home day care in Fairfield, The Associated Press reported. ...

Former Fairfield school board member now indulges in passion for birds

For a dozen years Anne Crone was a member of Fairfield City Schools’ governing board, but her work now finds her surrounded by bird brains. And she couldn’t be happier about it. Crone is the long-time owner of The Bird Shoppe and like her previous stint as an elected, three-term ...

Hamilton Police Department Public Information Officer Kristy Collins and Greater Hamilton Safety Council Director Kim Wentz at Safety Town. The park, in its 44th season, has seen many recent improvements.

Youngsters learn safety lessons in renovated Safety Town

The 44th year of Safety Town taught some of Butler County’s youngest residents important safety lessons in a renovated mini-city.More than 150 children ages 4-5 have made their way to Officer Bob Gentry Park over the past few weeks, where a freshly paved mini-city, new “traffic light” and crosswalk helped ...

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opened in April 2015 in West Chester Twp. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Raising Cane’s announces opening date for Fairfield restaurant

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has confirmed with the Journal-News the opening date for its new Fairfield location on Ohio 4. Raising Cane’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Dennis told the Journal-News today that reports by other news outlets of Sept. 1 as an opening date are incorrect. “We do not have a firm ...

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42 indicted in Butler, Warren counties

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, with the accused not present and witnesses not cross-examined. A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed ...

Pokemon Go battle at Jungle Jim’s draws hundreds

Hundreds of Pokemon Go enthusiasts visited Jungle Jim’s International Market yesterday for an event geared toward the popular virtual game. MORE: Local businesses riding the Pokemon Go craze Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield noticed the drawing power of the new free-to-play, augmented reality game shortly after its July 7 ...

Construction continues on the new Fairfield Freshman School behind the high school, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Fairfield school board votes Thursday on redistricting plan

A redistricting proposal that’s set to be voted on Thursday, would determine — beginning with the 2017-18 school year — which elementary students will go to which middle school.Those students attending West, South and Central elementary schools will feed into Creekside Middle School on Nilles Road — the existing middle ...

Neighbors glad eyesores being erased in Butler County

Tyara Green peeked through the front door of her grandmother’s old house last week as a crane clawed off the back of the broken down structure, saying it was time to “cut it down.” The home in the 300 block of Hanover Street in Hamilton had been boarded up and ...

Todd Kristoff retired from the Army after 32 years and six tours of duty. He is a 1983 Fairfield graduate and his family moved into the city in 1979. Fairfield City Council honored Kristoff at the July 12 meeting.

Fairfield honors one of its own with military retirement ceremony

Sgt. 1st Class Todd Kristoff joined the Army on June 6, 1983, to be like his Uncle Bob and Uncle Fred.His Uncle Fred, who is now 94 years old, was in the 4th Infantry Division and hit the beaches of Normandy, he said during a retirement ceremony last week in ...

Take a look at our data before your next swim

Few things feel better than jumping into a cool pool on a hot summer day. And local health departments are responsible for ensuring state standards are met to prevent swimmers from drowning, getting burned or poisoned from pool chemicals, or other illnesses that may come about when large numbers of ...

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